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January 2020

10 Jan

Azure Lab Services automatically installs GPU drivers with GPU machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Lab Services now automatically installs the necessary GPU drivers for you when you create a lab with GPU machines. You no longer have to figure out which GPU driver to use on your own.

  • Azure Lab Services
9 Jan

Azure Lab Services – Virtual machine shutdown for Windows users

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Lab Services added the ability to automatically shut down virtual machines when a users’ remote desktop (RDP) session is disconnected (Windows).

  • Azure Lab Services
9 Jan

Azure DevTest Labs – Browser connect now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure DevTest Labs recently released integration with Azure Bastion, enabling you to connect to your lab virtual machines through a web browser.

  • Azure DevTest Labs
6 Jan

Minimum virtual machine sizing for Azure HDInsight cluster head nodes

NOW AVAILABLE

Beginning 6 April 2020, customers will be able to choose only 4-core or higher virtual machines (VMs) as head nodes for the new HDInsight clusters. Existing clusters will continue to run as expected.

  • HDInsight
3 Jan

Azure spot virtual machine meter changes

From 3 February 2020, the resource GUIDs (also known as meter IDs) and names of Azure low-priority virtual machines on scale sets will change.

December 2019

19 Dec

Azure Backup resource group for virtual machines

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Backup policy for virtual machines (VMs) now lets you customise the resource group name created by Backup so you can update it as your company requires.

  • Azure Backup
18 Dec

Azure SQL Database Gen 4 hardware approaching end of life in 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

Target availability: Q4 2019

Azure SQL Database is beginning the decommissioning process of Gen 4 Intel E5-2673 v3 (Haswell)-based CPUs and is transitioning to Intel E5-2673 v4 (Broadwell) 2.3 GHz and Intel SP8160 (Skylake) processors for all new deployments.

  • Azure SQL Database
17 Dec

Serial console for Azure Virual Machines now available in US Government Cloud

IN PREVIEW

Serial console is now available in preview in the Azure US Government Cloud, allowing customers in the government-only clouds to access the serial console of their VMs or virtual machine scale set instances.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Linux Virtual Machines
  • Windows Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
17 Dec

Azure Monitor for VMs now stores data in dedicated data types

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Monitor for virtual machines (VMs) now stores computer-related and process-related data in dedicated data types, making it simpler to query against as well as offering quicker data ingestion.

  • Azure Monitor
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Machine Scale Sets
  • Service Fabric
  • Cloud Services
11 Dec

Azure Private Link support in AKS now in preview

IN PREVIEW

Use Azure Private Link support in AKS to interact with the Kubernetes API server as a private endpoint in your virtual network, ensuring that all Kubernetes management operations remain completely isolated.

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Azure Private Link
  • Virtual Network
11 Dec

Proximity placement groups are now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Proximity placement groups – an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability to decrease inter-VM network latency – is now available.

  • Virtual Machines
3 Dec

Azure Dedicated Hosts now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

A new Azure service that provides physical servers capable of hosting one or more Azure virtual machines. The server is dedicated to your organisation and workloads.

  • Virtual Machines

November 2019

22 Nov

The D15_v2/DS15_v2 Azure Virtual Machines may no longer be isolated, starting 15 February 2020

We recently announced Azure Dedicated Host preview which allows you to run your organisation’s Linux and Windows Virtual Machines (VMs) on single-tenant physical servers

  • Virtual Machines
18 Nov

Azure Media Services now supports live transcription in preview

IN PREVIEW

Azure Media Services provides a platform which you can use to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video for delivery. Live transcriptions is a new feature in the Azure Media Services v3 APIs, wherein you can enhance the streams delivered to your viewers with machine-generated text that is transcribed from spoken words in the audio feed.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
14 Nov

HPC Specialized VMs - HB and HC-series

IN PREVIEW

Azure HB and HC Virtual Machines expand to new regions

  • Virtual Machines
14 Nov

Azure Key Vault Virtual Machine extension now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

The Azure Key Vault Virtual Machine extension makes it easier for apps running on virtual machines to use certificates from a key vault, by abstracting the common tasks as well as best practices.

  • Key Vault
  • Security
14 Nov

Extension of Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure beyond virtual machines

IN PREVIEW

Customer Lockbox provides customers with the capability to control Azure support engineers’ access to workloads that contain customer data. This expanded support now provides customers control over access to their data for a larger set of Azure offerings.

  • Security Center
  • Security
14 Nov

Azure Disk Encryption in more places, and more services offering customer-managed keys

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Disk Encryption enables you to encrypt your Azure Virtual Machine disks with your keys safeguarded in Azure Key Vault.

  • Security Center
  • Security
12 Nov

Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single Server – Reserved capacity is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Database for PostgreSQL Single Server reserved capacity is now available to reserve compute power for your existing and future PostgreSQL servers.

  • Azure Database for PostgreSQL
12 Nov

Azure Database for MariaDB – Reserved capacity is now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Database for MariaDB reserved capacity is now available to reserve compute power for your existing and future MariaDB servers.

  • Azure Database for MariaDB

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